Mercatus Center

  • The strengths and weaknesses of capitalism

    On this EXTRA episode, Jason Grumet, founder and president of the Bipartisan Policy Center; Michael Farren, fellow at the Mercatus Center; and Richard Levick, founder and CEO of LEVICK discuss the ways that politics and lobbying have soured peoples’ expectations, experiences, and opinion of capitalism.

  • Regulatory budget can help agencies make better decisions

    The Trump administration’s regulatory budget promotes fewer regulations and less growth in cost to agencies, leaving room for better decision making.

  • Increased contract competition contributes to good government

    Federal contracting and business experts say more communication as well as a retrained and rebuilt acquisition workforce is needed to ensure government is getting the best deal on purchases.

  • Timing of Unified Agenda release draws criticism from Issa

    While Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, criticized the Obama administration for turning in the Unified Agenda nine months late, one researcher says its more important to focus on the contents of the document rather than the timing of its release.

  • Obama administration kick-starts regulatory reform, but more action needed

    The Obama White House says it has cut red tape, reduced paperwork for businesses and citizens, and required agencies to simplify or get rid of old regulations. But how effective has this been? For analysis, Federal News Radio turns to Jerry Ellig, who was acting director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning under George W. Bush. He spoke to Federal News Radio as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

  • Researchers urge gov to declassify cyber threat details

    George Mason University researchers are calling on the government to declassify details about cyber threats. Jerry Brito is one of the researchers behind the call.

  • Analyst: Regulations, like gardens, need weeding

    When looking at which programs to cut, ask yourself what the results and what have the costs been. That from an expert on the art and science of regulations, the Mercatus Center’s Jerry Ellig.

  • Analysis: Deficit Commission’s lasting effects

    While the recommendations from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform didn’t pass, we may not have seen the end of them. Jason Fichtner, senior research fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, joins us with more.

  • Opinion: no COLA in 2011 makes sense

    One-time $250 payments are a bad idea? Jason Fitchner, former deputy commissioner at the Social Security Administration, says so.